Nested Autocomplete Box in LightSwitch 2012 - Part 1

This article shows how to create a Nested AutoCompleteBox using a LightSwitch Application (Visual C#) in Visual Studio 2012.

This article has been divided into two parts.

Here in Part 1, I will be describing the tables and the relationship among those tables.

The following is the procedure for creating a Nested AutoCompleteBox

Step 1

Open the Solution Explorer.

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Step 2

In the Solution Explorer, right-click on the Server and choose "Add Table".

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Step 3

In this way we will add three tables (one is an Employee table, another is a City table and the last one is the Country Table). The tables appear as in the following:

Employee Table


City Table


Country Table


Step 4

Here, we will create a one-to-many relationship among the three tables.

In order to establish the relationship between the City and Employee tables, click on the "Add Relationship" button in the menu bar.

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The Add New Relationship Dialog box will appear. Using this dialog box we can easily establish the relationship.

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As we click on the "OK" button the relationship between City and Employee table is shown.

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Step 5

Once again, click on "Add Relationship". An Add New Relationship dialog box will appear. Now this time we will establish the relationship between Country and the City.

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As we click on the "OK" button the relationship between the City and Country tables are shown.

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Step 6

In order to filter the City on the basis of Country, right-click on the City table and choose "Add Query".

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The Query Designer will appear. This query filters City by Country.Id.


Step 7

In the Solution Explorer, right-click on the Screens and choose "Add Screen".

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Step 8

The Add New Screen dialog box appears. Select the "New Data Screen" from the Screen Template, under screen information, choose "Employees" under screen data and provide some name to the Screen and click the "OK" button. 

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